TAUMSAUK ( SAUK-TON-QUA ) Was a Piankashaw indian CHIEF, his daughter Minasauk leaped to her death after her love ( a young warrior from another tribe ) was thrown over the falls by her father Taumsauk.
Make a great escape to Missouri's wilderness - Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. The park provides 7,500 acres of solitude amid unspoiled land with a wilderness quality hard to find in today's world.
Taum Sauk State Park is located in the St. Francois Mountains, one of the most rugged and scenic in the state. Almost 1.5 " BILLION" years ago, volcanic eruptions of hot ash settled and cooled to form rhyolite. It left only the roots of these mountains behind, now dotted with oak - hickory forest and rocky glades. Taum Sauk stands above all others as the highest point in Missouri, rising to 1,772 feet. A path leads people to the top From there the rugged 3 mile trail continue's to a beautiful wet weather water fall. Mina sauk falls is the highest water fall in Missouri, it falls 132 feet over a series of rocky ledges.
( note - wet weather falls means if you walk 3 miles in june - july - august you will not be happy when there is not a drop of water. Take it from the man who brought his 8 month pregnant wife on this walk - not a good idea )
Farther down the trail lie's Devils Tolgate. A 4 foot passage through volcanic rhyolite standing 30 feet high.
Activities - camping - picnicking-hiking-trails